This page aims to help you remove SoSolm “Virus”. These SoSolm “Virus” removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
Details about the infection caused by SoSolm “Virus” as well as about the nature of the program
SoSolm is a kind of ad-displaying software, more precisely Adware, the main expertise of which is the production of multiple diverse ads like banners, boxes and pop-ups inside all of your browsers’ windows. It doesn’t really matter which browser exactly you open, if your computer has been contaminated with this program, all of them – Explorer, Chrome, Firefox – will be affected.
By nature such an infection is NOT harmful. It is just that the produced ads could be too many or the can be appearing one right after the other, or covering your entire browser window. In other words, they might be the cause for some serious irritation. Otherwise, nothing about them is dangerous. The product that generates them, SoSolm , is not a virus itself. It has no malicious features like self-replicating, destroying data, crashing systems or harassing users into paying ransom for encrypted files, as a typical virus like Ransomware will certainly do. The only possibly intrusive feature all Adware programs might show is the probable review of your recent browsing activity that some of them might perform. And there is a reason for doing that, of course: in this way they could match the stream of the displayed pop-ups to your possible interests. One more thing that may happen to your PC because of the Adware installed on it is the draining of your system resources to some extent and making the whole computer slower than before the infection.
How do you catch an Adware-caused infection?
The places where you may come across SoSolm or any other Adware program are numerous. Such a source of ad-producing programs could be any torrent, or any email, or any contaminated website. Typically, the most widely spread source of Adware infections is the download and installation of a program bundle. If you are not aware of the nature of a software bundle, we are going to give you its definition. It is a combination of different software, usually distributed for free. Such a mixture could consist of games, new apps, browser hijackers and different Adware-type programs. Of course, you can download and install anything from such a bundle safely but this is when many of the affected users make a crucial mistake. Adware cannot get into your system by itself as it is not an intrusive malicious type of software. SoSolm may only affect your device and mainly your browsers if you allow it to enter. And most of the recorded contaminations happen exactly in this way – a given user lets the program in by installing a program bundle in a way that allows all its content to become incorporated into a given system. The features that you are NOT advised to use are the following ones: quick, automatic, default, typical. By installing any bundle in such a way, you will almost certainly end up being infected with something. Stay away from these installation features. The one that we DO recommend that you choose is the Custom/Advanced option. It will open a window in the installer where you will choose specifically what is to enter your PC and what is to stay away from it.
Why is this program acting so annoyingly?
SoSolm could really irritate every affected user with its constant stream of broadcast pop-ups, boxes or banners. The reason why all Adware products might be programmed to do so is that their creators get sufficient payments on the basis of the number of the displayed and/or the number of ads that you have opened. This is a joint practice of the interested programmers and producers of goods named pay-per-click. The more the users click on the displayed pop-ups, the more money streams into the bank accounts of the people involved in the distribution of Adware. Don’t be worried, though, such activities mostly lack any harmful effects and are legitimate.
How do you get rid of SoSolm ?
Getting rid of this Adware might not be a complicated process. In the best case you will just need to follow our elaborate removal instructions (see “Removal Guide”) and it will be useful enough to solve your issue. In other cases more expertise could be needed. Still, we recommend that you follow the steps we have prepared and tested for you after this paragraph.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Plenty of appearing ads in a variety of forms, shapes and colors – banners, pop-ups, hyperlinks. Probable slight slowdown of the whole machine.|
|Distribution Method||Mainly via program bundles. More sources could be spam, shareware, contaminated websites and torrents.|
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SoSolm “Virus” Removal
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
- Do not skip this – SoSolm may have hidden some of its files.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:
If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.
Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove SoSolm from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove SoSolm from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove SoSolm from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
- At this point the threat is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are dangerous. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Right click on each of the problematic processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
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